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DAY 18 - CHAPTER 18
18 An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.
2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding
but delight in airing their own opinions.
3 When wickedness comes, so does contempt,
and with shame comes reproach.
4 The words of the mouth are deep waters,
but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.
5 It is not good to be partial to the wicked
and so deprive the innocent of justice.
6 The lips of fools bring them strife,
and their mouths invite a beating.
7 The mouths of fools are their undoing,
and their lips are a snare to their very lives.
8 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.
9 One who is slack in his work
is brother to one who destroys.
10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.
11 The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
they imagine it a wall too high to scale.
12 Before a downfall the heart is haughty,
but humility comes before honor.
13 To answer before listening—
that is folly and shame.
14 The human spirit can endure in sickness,
but a crushed spirit who can bear?
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
for the ears of the wise seek it out.
16 A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
17 In a lawsuit the first to speak seems right,
until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
18 Casting the lot settles disputes
and keeps strong opponents apart.
19 A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city;
disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.
20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled;
with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death,
and those who love it will eat its fruit.
22 He who finds a wife finds what is good
and receives favor from the Lord.
23 The poor plead for mercy,
but the rich answer harshly.
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
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Summary of Prov 18
This opening verse has been a troubling one in the mind in that it says if one seperates Himself by interest in deliberate look wisdom will have all forms of wisdom,but stupid people have no reason to look for wisdom but to satisfy themselves. Bad people in a place brings evil. It is not good to take bad person and preferred them over the good people.
Stupid persons will go into strive because their mouth will not stop talking. People who carries rumour about wound one’s with their actions and activity. Being lazy make us the same as someone who mismanage or use things wastefully. An holy person is safe in the name of the Lord. Pride is what bring a man’s down. When we say without listening to the issue first is not different from stupid person.
A happy mind and heart is what can make one survive when there are issues. Talent are ment to take us to places in life. In issues between people the first person talk to justify himself or herself that is why we must ask question in every matter. To avoid strive between people we need to do lotting. When one has a good wife it is a great and wonderful blessing from God. Having isssue with one family member is not easy to settle unlike outsiders. Our lips have impact in our life and the result we are going to get in the end.